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Race Equality at Cambridge

 

The University has developed a list of priorities and an action plan to address the issues identified to date. The priorities and actions were informed by extensive data analysis and consultation undertaken within the framework of the University’s application for the REC. This included student and staff surveys, consultations with the Heads of Schools, Senior Tutors and students, the results of focus groups, and recommendations across all staff groups from REC Working Groups.

The findings from this internal audit have provided an opportunity for the University to identify key priorities for action. These include:  

  1. Embedding the responsibility for race equality across the University institutions
  2. Diverse recruitment and student admission
  3. BAME* representation at senior levels and in governance structures 
  4. Improving the support for and experience of BAME students and staff at the University 
  5. Diversification of the curriculum and inclusive courses
  6. Bringing about culture change     

The implemented and planned actions to address the priorities above include (but are not limited to):

  • Establishing a BAME Network for staff
  • Setting up a "College Discrimination and Harassment Contact" roles in all Colleges 
  • Creating diverse recruitment guidelines to assist appointment panels in attracting and recruiting diverse applicants
  • Establishing internal inclusion indicators to assist Departments and Non-School Institutions in developing local action plans to advance equality (racial equality included)
  • Engaging the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Education Committee in exploring and promoting diverse curriculum and inclusive courses
  • Strengthened communications and engagement on race issues
  • Delivering training on race awareness across the institution

 

*The University is aware of the limitations of the term “BAME” and recognises that there is no agreement in the sector as regards what terminology should be used. The University’s intention is to progress equality, foster inclusion and eliminate racism as it has a detrimental impact on everyone.